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33 W Penny Road
South Barrington, IL 60010-9578
847-428-OWLS (6957) 
A non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization

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Program Basics:

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS for programs (except for bird banding open houses), PLEASE CALL US AT (847) 428-OWLS (6957), OR EMAIL STILLMAN AT  Remember to include your name, phone number, and the number of people that will be attending.

If less than 5 - 10 people (varying with the activity) have called two days prior to a program, the program could well be cancelled. So, don't forget to call the nature center in advance. If you discover that you are unable to attend, please call to cancel your reservations. This courtesy will be greatly appreciated.

Please note that the Stillman Nature Center is also available during the week, by reservation, to school classes, Audubon chapters, garden clubs, and other organized groups.  Also, we can bring our raptors to your classroom or meeting place.  For a brochure that describes the programs and fees, just call or check our website at: and we'll be happy to send you one.

OWL Outreach Program:

Stillman's Executive Director, Mark Spreyer, has been bringing owls to school classes, garden clubs, wildlife conferences, and other groups for nearly twenty-five years. In recent years, the Stillman Nature Center has expanded its collection of permanently injured raptors. Now's the time to schedule Mark and our knowledgeable volunteers to talk to your group. The following fee schedule is for locations within twenty-five miles of Stillman. We will travel further but the fee would increase. Remember that we can't guarantee a precise number of raptors as they are permanently injured live animals which may not always be able to travel.

Fee Schedule:

One program (up to three raptors): $175.00

Two programs: $250.00 (This price assumes back-to-back scheduling.)

One program (up to five raptors): $225.00

Two programs: $300.00 (This price assumes back-to-back scheduling.)

The programs can be adjusted to suit any grade from first on up. Those of you dissecting owl pellets or studying the ecosystems of Illinois would find our presentation particularly applicable. If food chains are in the curriculum, what better way to illustrate what a predator is?

All we need is a screen or white wall and a slide projector. If you don't have a projector, just let us know and we'll bring one. If you have any questions, Mark can be reached at 847-428-OWLS (6957) or by e-mail at



Join us outside for a healthy hour-long walk around a lake, through the woods, and who knows where else? Why not add Stillman to your list of exercise options?  Come prepared to hike the trails with sturdy winter boots.

Dates:  Thursdays,  March 2, April 6

Time:   9:30 AM

Fee:     None


Each spring the American woodcock goes through its amazing mating ritual right here at Stillman. A woodcock is a portly inland sandpiper with a long beak and short legs. During courtship, they make some amazing calls but can be a challenge to see since the birds' displays only occur near sunset and sunrise. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we’ll have another good nuptial display this year. Don't forget your binoculars!

Date:   Saturdays, March 18 & 25

Time:  6:30 PM

Fee:    None

Age:   10 years and up


Mike Levin and Mark Spreyer will lead a morning bird walk. Migration will be under way and you never know what we might find. Binoculars and field guides are a must. If you don’t have any, don’t worry, Stillman does. Please call 847-428-OWLS to make reservations.

Dates:  Sunday, April 23 & Saturday, May 13

Time:  8:00 AM

Fee:    None

Age:   8 years and up


Join us as we explore Stillman’s woodlands in search of ephemeral beauties such as white trillium, may-apple, Virginia bluebell and jack-in-the-pulpit. Bring your camera!

Dates: Sundays, April 30 & May 7

Time: 2:00 PM

Age: 10 years and up

Fee: None




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